One Russian Prevails

{Courtesy of WindsorStar.com}

Earlier this year, Stanislav Galiev and Maxim Kitsyn both went to the Russian World Junior Championship camp to hopefully get a spot on the national team.  Galiev was snubbed while Kitsyn would go on to make the team that would win gold at the tournament in Buffalo.  Then halfway through the OHL season, Kitsyn hopped on a plane and took his game to the CHL with Mississauga.

Galiev’s Saint John Sea Dogs took on the Kitsyn’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors last night in the final game of the Memorial cup, but a new story would be written for the young Russians.  Simon Depres of Saint John put the team on the board first with shorthanded goal.  Mississauga couldn’t control the puck at the blue line and Depres jumped up as quick as he could, took the puck, rushed down ice, and fired a laser past goalie, JP Anderson at the 2:24 mark.

Michael Kirkpatrick, of Saint John, worked hard behind the boards during a powerplay to dish the puck to highly touted draft eligible, Jonathan Huberdeau, who tipped a pass to Zack Phillips, parked in front of the net.  Zack just fired a quick shot that beat Anderson for a 2-0 lead.  The Majors would score to make it 2-1 but that was as close as it would get before Huberdeau beat Anderson in the 3rd to make it a 3-1 win and seal the win for Saint John, and more importantly, Stanislav Galiev.

Neither, Galiev nor Kitsyn had a point in the game, but both were factors during the playoff run.  Kitsyn posted 19 points in 20 games, while Galiev had an astounding 27 points in 20 games.  For Galiev to get shafted from making the WJC that team that eventually won gold was hard enough on its own, but to win the Memorial Cup with the powerhouse team of Saint John made it bittersweet.

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